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HSHS St. Elizabeth's and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Announce Affiliation for Emergency Pediatric Coverage


(Belleville, IL) – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital proudly announce a partnership to bring nationally recognized pediatric care to serve Belleville, O’Fallon and the many communities throughout St. Clair County and beyond. Beginning July 18, 2016, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Emergency Pediatric Care will be available 24/7 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s emergency department. In addition, pediatricians will also provide newborn nursery coverage in the Mother Child Center.

“I am thrilled to bring some of the best pediatric specialists in the St. Louis metro-area to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. It is stressful and scary when a child is ill or has an accident, so knowing SSM Health Cardinal Glennon’s high-level of care is available so close to home should put worried minds at ease,” says Peg Sebastian, president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “Our emergency team members provide excellent care but caring for children often takes additional specialization in training, equipment and other resources. This partnership is another way to ensure the highest quality of care is delivered to our patients.”

The specially trained and board certified physicians will be on-site every day, all day.  Pediatric emergency physicians serve patients from infants to teens that may have an acute illness or injury needing immediate medical attention.

 “We appreciate the collaborative approach offered by a partnership such as this with St. Elizabeth’s,” notes Steven Burghart, president, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. “We consider ourselves partners in delivering the highest outcomes for patients. In addition, our shared Catholic mission of providing quality health care services to everyone is another reason this partnership makes sense.”

Special rooms in the emergency department are already equipped with child appropriate equipment since St. Elizabeth’s had already received Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) certification in 2014 and was recently re-certified in May 2016. This verifies pediatric protocols are already in place to provide seamless and immediate care from door to nursing staff to physician.

The planning for this partnership incorporates more than just the emergency room staff and the physicians. Teams from respiratory and radiology have also been working on the project to make sure all child-related care, equipment, and other processes are in place and ready for patients when they come to the hospital.
Future plans for the program include utilizing our telemedicine robots to allow SSM Health Cardinal Glennon physicians at St. Elizabeth’s to portal in to sister facilities of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Breese and Highland, UrgiCare, and other smaller community hospitals to consult on pediatric cases.

St. Elizabeth’s welcomes SSM Health Cardinal Glennon pediatricians Dr. Qamar Zaman, Dr. Paul Grim, III, Dr. Amy Thomas, Dr. Nancy Bauer, Dr. Michael Schildz, Dr. Christopher Wangard and Dr. Timothy Staed.
To learn more about St. Elizabeth’s partnership with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, visit or

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 14 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

About SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
SSM Health ( is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation.  

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is a 195-bed children’s hospital specializing in pediatric cancer care and cardiology services. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, both the highest possible classifications. Since 2013, U.S News & World Report has recognized Cardinal Glennon as a Best Pediatric Hospital. A teaching hospital, Cardinal Glennon is staffed by SLUCare physicians. For more information, visit us at


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